Arty-folks helping gifted Coventrians with creative careers - The Coventry Observer

Arty-folks helping gifted Coventrians with creative careers

Coventry Editorial 14th Jan, 2023   0

GIFTED Coventrians looking to get their foot in the door in the creative industries have been helped to get their start through a £10,000 National Lottery Community Fund grant.

The Creative Employability project is run by arts and mental health charity Arty-Folks alongside Coventry City Council’s Job Shop and supports young people aged between 16 and 29 towards their dream job.

The group worked with local artists to design a space within the Job Shop that will inspire future generations of young artists.

Arty-Folks supports adults in Coventry with mental health needs with their recovery through art therapy, creative peer support groups, and mentoring.

Those taking part attended weekly art classes to build up portfolios showcasing their uniqueness and giving them the confidence to start creative jobs, training, or take up art education.

Young people have been able to explore personally important identity and life issues through the project.

On Monday, January 16, also known as ‘Blue Monday’, the artist’s work will be exhibited at the Coventry Job Shop.

Arty-Folks mentor Lorella Medici said: “The young talent in this city is enormous and we want to make sure they are plugged into all the opportunities Coventry offers following the City of Culture year.

“We help participants access creative networks and meet industry professionals including broadcasters, community artists, graphic designers, art therapists, and event organisers so they can learn first-hand what their dream job would entail.”


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